TRENTON – A Little Egg Harbor man was sentenced to seven years in state prison for stealing more than $1.4 million Sandy victims.
Contractor Jeffrey Colmyer, 43, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Guy P. Ryan in Ocean County Friday. His wife, Tiffany Cimino, was sentenced to five years probation.
Both pled guilty back in May to charges of theft by failure to make required disposition of property received. More than 20 victims had hired the couple to make repairs or rebuild homes damaged or destroyed by Super Storm Sandy.
Colmyer also pled guilty to money laundering on behalf of the couple’s companies, Rayne Construction Management Services, LLC (RCMS) and Colmyer & Sons, LLC.
New Jersey State Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said the couple diverted much of the money to gamble and buy luxury items, leaving homes instead in disrepair. They must pay defendants $695,402 and the state $655,243 restitution. Judge Ryan also ordered additional restitution to victims at sentencing today. Colmyer must pay $56,472 to the State for back taxes he failed to pay, and Cimino $56,332 in back taxes.
The couple was arrested back in 2016. They reportedly spent the money on personal expenses, jewelry and gambling.